On Monday, while visiting the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, actor-model Archana Gautam, who contested for the Congress in the 2022 elections in Uttar Pradesh from the Hastinapur constituency of the Meerut district, made severe allegations against the temple authorities.
Archana Gautam shared a video of the incident on her Twitter page where she was speaking about her grievances. However, someone tried to stop her from recording and she was heard shouting and crying. She alleged that an employee of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) had conducted inappropriate behaviour with her. She claimed to have made a reservation for darshan, but when she arrived, TTD employees refused to give her the ticket, instead demanding Rs 10,500. She pleaded with the government of Andhra Pradesh to stop stealing from devotees in the name of VIP darshan, alleging that the religious site had turned into a shelter for theft.
Taking to Twitter, she shared a video of the incident and wrote, “India’s Hindu religious places have become a den of loot, in the name of religion, Tirupati Balaji indecent with women, action should be taken against this TTD employee. I request Andhra Government. And in the name of VIP darshan, Rs 10,500 is taken from one person. stop robbing it. @INCIndia.”
Archana Gautam Alleges Misbehaviour By TTD Employee:
The TTD, however, claimed that the actor assaulted a member of its staff. The organisation in charge of the hill temple claimed that the actor had lodged a fictitious police report. According to TTD, a letter of recommendation from a Union Minister was used by Srikant Tiwari, Archana Gautam, and seven other people from Uttar Pradesh to travel to Tirumala for darshan on August 31. They requested the darshan at the office of the Additional Executive Officer. A message was sent to Tiwari’s mobile number and Rs 300 worth of darshan tickets were allowed based on this request.
They did not, however, stay ahead of the opportunity. The temple authorities informed them that by the time they arrived at the additional EO’s office, the time allotted for darshan had already passed. The TTD claimed that Gautam was enraged and verbally abusive to TTD employees when she and Tiwari barged into the additional EO’s office. She assaulted the worker who tried to pacify her. The staff kept handing out Rs. 300 tickets for a second time, but Gautam refused to buy any of them.
She then went to II Town Police Station and reported that a TTD employee had mistreated her and behaved indecently.